The first full-up Intensive Field Campaign (IFC-1) took place from 24 May through 16 June 1994. At the outset of IFC-1, around 150 scientists were at work on the ground taking a wide range of meteorological, ecological, hydrological and remote sensing measurements.
At this point, the research aircraft committed to BOREAS constituted a small airforce which was committed to the SSA for the first half of IFC-1 (24 May through 6 June). Four flux measurement aircraft (U. Wyoming Kingair, NCAR Electra, Canadian NRC Twin Otter, NOAA Long EZ) and three remote sensing aircraft (NASA C-130, NASA Helicopter, Canada's Chieftain) were based at Prince Albert airport or in nearby Saskatoon (NCAR Electra). The NASA ER-2 and NASA DC-8 also flew missions over the study areas from Spokane, Washington and NASA/Ames Research Center, respectively. The locally-based aircraft completed their assigned missions by 6 June 1994 after which, five of them; the NASA C-130, NASA Helicopter, Chieftain, Kingair and Twin Otter, moved the 400 miles up to the NSA to complete a large number of missions there in two days of clear weather on 6-8 June 1994. A huge forest fire just north of the NSA trailed a smoke plume over the study area for a few days near the end of IFC-1, which closed down remote sensing work but, fortunately, was extinguished before roasting any investigators or equipment.